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SEATTLE - (May 16, 2008) - The Virginia Mason Rehabilitation Unit recently received the 2008 "Top Performer Award" for its outstanding program results. The award was presented by Uniform Data Systems (UDS) for Medical Rehabilitation, the top organization for the collection of rehabilitation outcomes data nationwide.

VM's rehabilitation patient outcomes were compared to 807 rehabilitation facilities throughout the country, and its outcome performance score was in the 99th percentile compared to other facilities, meaning Virginia Mason is recognized as one of the top 10 rehabilitation programs nationally.

Patients are admitted to the VM Rehabilitation Unit following their discharge from acute care. They must meet specific rehabilitation criteria to be considered as a candidate for admission. These include having a condition that requires rehabilitation; the patient must be able to tolerate three hours of therapy a day including occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy; the patient must require rehabilitation nursing and coordination from a rehabilitation MD; and the patient must be able to make significant practical improvement in a reasonable period of time.

In 2007, VM's Rehabilitation Unit treated 464 patients with the top diagnoses being strokes, orthopedic conditions, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and other medical conditions. The average length of stay was 10 days.

Indicators used for evaluating rehab results and earning the "Top Performer Award" included:

  • The patient's functional abilities at discharge
  • The amount of change between functional level at admission compared to discharge
  • The efficiency of change (measuring the amount of daily improvement)
  • The percentage of patients discharged to go home
  • The percentage of patients admitted back to the acute care hospital for additional care

"This team has long been a top performer at Virginia Mason and throughout the country," said Robbee Caseldine, director of the rehabilitation unit and inpatient physical medicine at Virginia Mason. "This year was particularly rewarding when we broke into the top 10 facility list in the country. Our team has worked hard to ensure quality outcomes for our patients at Virginia Mason."

Uniform Data System (UDS) for Medical Rehabilitation was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research grant. The goal of the project was to develop a method to meet the long-standing need to document the severity of patient disability and the outcomes of medical rehabilitation. The national task force that created the Uniform Data Set for Medical Rehabilitation, starting in 1983, was co-sponsored by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as eleven other national professional organizations.

Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a non-profit comprehensive regional health care system that combines a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 400 physicians with a 336-bed acute care hospital in Seattle. In addition, Virginia Mason has a network of clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area and manages Bailey-Boushay House, a nursing residence and Adult Day Health program for people living with HIV and AIDS. Virginia Mason also has an internationally recognized research center, Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

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